What to give to Japanese for the New Year
In Japan it is impossible to give for the New Year
(these were my first ideas, which were immediately rejected):
You can not give the rake – the ritual wreath that hung on the front door of every Japanese home.
Many Japanese told me that they have no tradition to give presents for the New Year. Well, you can give something without a specific topic, but not necessarily. Simvolicheskie gifts some in Japan give employees, neighbors, relatives. See photos from new year’s Japanese stores, what the Japanese give gifts for the New year .
And yet I found a solution.
Before the New Year, every Japanese home on the table or tokonoma put special ritual food – Kagami mochi (sounds like `urine`) for happiness and a harvest year. Made from special mochi sticky rice and sold in any supermarket, the store is `100 yen`, of course these factory mass consumption products not fit for gift. But if you make the mochi themselves (which is pretty hard) – it will be a perfectly acceptable gift for the Japanese.
Also in Japan there are many shops producing mochi in the old style, manually. They are not cheap, and if you have a fairly close relationship to the family, where you want to make Continue reading
Holidays in Japan
In Japan, at the state level there are 15 holidays of the year. Every holiday is an official day off. If the holiday falls on a weekend then it is transferred on a working day. But if it turns out that working day is sandwiched between two holiday weekends, it becomes the third official holiday.
But holidays in Japan are not limited to 15 days off per year. The residents of this country celebrate many informal, traditional or borrowed holidays. Traditional celebrations in Japan take the start in the beginning of the year, January 1st. This day is a public holiday and in General celebrate the New year like in Europe. There was a time when New year in Japan is celebrated according to the Gregorian and the lunar calendar.
Holidays January is in full swing on the second Monday of the month: coming of age Day. This holiday is celebrated by every citizen of Japan, which last year turned 20 years old (the Japanese legal age).
National holidays of Japan include new year according to the lunar calendar – right on 4 February. It is considered on 4 February the beginning of spring. Foundation day of Japan – official holiday, celebrated on February 11. Unofficial holiday Valentine’s Day is also widely celebrated in Japan. And, traditionally, the women congratulate the men chocolate.
The festival of dolls or holiday of peach Continue reading
South Korea is the only state in the nation. 99, 9% of the population are Koreans, and only 0.1% are Chinese, Filipinos, Thais and Americans together.
The official language is Korean, but is widely distributed and use of English, but reviews say otherwise. According to them, servants to find hotels that are able to explain in English, not an easy task, which largely complicates communication. This shortcoming is easy to do goodwill total population of South Korea, rooted in the high piety of the people and in his knowledge of her unique national culture and history.
The ancestors of the Koreans
In particular, according to archaeological research, several millennia ago, the Korean Peninsula was inhabited by natives from the regions of present day Altai. They were protoattic, the descendants of whom, consider themselves Koreans present, but the predominant religion Confucianism has spread relatively recently, if she even can be considered a religion. For Koreans it is more a way of life and a code of social and ethical rules, as, for example, matching each person to the place occupied in society, the subordinate depends on superior, the son is from the father.
Holidays in South Korea
In South Korea, love to celebrate. Among them, Buddha’s Continue reading